Assessment of Dreamtime Holdings, Inc. Activities at The Johnson Space Center

Press Release From: NASA Office of Inspector General
Posted: Friday, June 1, 2001

The NASA Office of Inspector General has posted its report entitled Assessment of Dreamtime Holdings, Inc. Activities at the Johnson Space Center, G-01-016, to its web site.

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Synopsis: The NASA Office of Inspector General reviewed NASA's management of Dreamtime Holdings, Inc. activities being conducted at the Johnson Space Center under an established Space Act Agreement for collaboration on multi-media activities. This Agreement constitutes the Agency's first major commercialization initiative relating to the International Space Station (ISS) and includes several unique provisions and features.

The collaboration is intended to create new business opportunities based on potential public demand for high quality live and recorded still and video images of space scenes and activities, including those related to the assembly and operation of the ISS. Other stated objectives of the collaboration include: mutual promotion of space activities; generation of educational Web, documentary, and TV content; digitization of currently underutilized NASA archives; implementation of a Web-searchable multi-media database; shared use of state-of-the- art high definition television equipment placed on the ISS, Space Shuttles, and at NASA Centers and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) provided by Dreamtime; and shared use of state-of-the-art high definition editing stations provided by Dreamtime. In addition, NASA and Dreamtime intend to collaborate on the development of educational products and documentary programming with the goal of increasing public awareness of the ISS and its related programs.

As a result of our assessment activities, we found that more emphasis needs to be placed on Agreement administration issues, especially pertaining to oversight and accountability. We recommended that the Agency negotiate appropriate consideration for any substantive changes to the terms of the Agreement, improve tracking and accountability of Government- and Dreamtime-provided resources, improve communications regarding NASA regulations and directions applicable to on-site personnel, and conduct periodic oversight of Dreamtime on-site activities.

Management Response: NASA Management concurred with all nine recommendations.

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